At-home microdermabrasion gaining popularity

October 17, 2011

At-home microdermabrasion gaining popularity
At-home microdermabrasion gaining popularity

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 450,000 individuals underwent micodermabrasion procedures in 2010.

This popular non-surgical procedure involves buffing the facial skin with a hand-held wand that uses crystals to gently polish the skin and stimulate the production of skin cells and collagen.

Treatments usually take less than an hour, but more than one is usually recommended to maximize results such as reducing the appearance of fine lines, crow's feet, age spots and acne scars.

While the procedure is most often performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, many people are using at-home microdermabrasion kits to achieve similar results.

Experts caution that although many of these systems help users gently exfoliate the top layer of skin and reveal softer skin, less noticeable fine lines and improved skin tone, some may cause irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin.

According to the ASAPS, the average cost for professional microdermabrasion is $123 per session. At-home kits range in price from around $30 to more than $100. While the savings may be considerable, users say that the results achieved with professional sessions are far superior to those achieved at home, regardless of price, according to SkinAbrasion.net.

In addition, experts say that the best results are often seen when microdermabrasion is combined with other non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels


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